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Douglas County Historical Society

at Historic Fort Omaha
30th & Fort Streets

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Mailing Address

5730 N. 30 St, #11B Omaha, NE 68111

Phone: 402-455-9990
Fax: 402-453-9448
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General Crook House
Monday - Friday
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday - Sunday
1 to 4 p.m.

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Library Archives
Monday - Friday
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturdays by Appointment

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April 5
Closed in Observance of Easter Holiday

April 11
Women Defining History Luncheon and Runway Show, Noon
Field Club of Omaha

Douglas County Historical Society’s fifth Annual Women Defining History Luncheon and Runway Show will take place on Saturday, April 11, 2015 at the Field Club of Omaha. The theme of this year's show is Seasons of Fashion and will feature spring fashions from Younkers and vintage fashions from "Yesterday's Lady" Sue McLain.

This year’s show will also mark the fifth year DCHS will present its “Women Defining History” award, honoring a woman who inspires, challenges, and serves as a model for others to strengthen our community through philanthropic outreach, tenacity, courage and creativity. Their achievements have helped to shape the history of Douglas County. Previous honorees include Mary Maxwell in 2011, Dolores “Dee” Owen in 2012, Joni Fogarty in 2013 and Elaine Jabenis in 2014. This year’s honoree is Connie Spellman.

Please make your reservations today by calling 402-455-9990 ext. 102 or by clicking HERE to pay by Paypal.


April 12
Second Sunday Talk, 2 p.m.
Fort Omaha Campus, Building 10, Room 110

DCHS’s April Second Sunday Talk will feature a panel discussion to honor the 150th Anniversary of the end of the Civil War. We are proud to welcome Dave Wells, historian to the Civil War Veterans Museum of Nebraska City, and Dr. Mark Scherer, Associate Professor and Chair of the History Department at UNO, who will discuss Nebraska's role in the war. Featured at the discussion will be a few Civil War artifacts with direct ties to Nebraska and the Nebraskan men who served.

This Second Sunday event will be held on April 12 at 2 pm at the Fort Omaha campus of Metro Community College in Building 10, Room 110. The event is free for members and $5 for non-members. Please call 402-455-9990 ext. 101 or email for reservations.


April 19
Opening of New Exhibit
Gangsters and Tunnels: Prohibition in Douglas County
Lower Level, General Crook House Museum

We are proud to open our latest exhibit, entitled Gangster and Tunnels: Prohibition in Douglas County. Come learn about some of the notorious characters who helped shape Douglas County in the early 20th Century. Call 402-455-9990 for more information or to book a tour. The exhibit will run through Spring 2016.


April 28
Page From Our Past, 5:30 p.m.
Library Archives Center

Douglas County Historical Society (DCHS) will feature author James Potter’s book Standing Firmly by the Flag: Nebraska Territory and the Civil War, 1861-1867 at our April 28th Page from Our Past author event taking place from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the DCHS Library Archives Center. The program focuses on history-based authors, both of fiction and non-fiction. A Page from Our Past is a casual and intimate roundtable discussion, where the audience has the opportunity to get up close and personal with the authors. Each program concludes with a book signing and time to meet one-on-one with the featured author.

James Potter is a senior research historian at the Nebraska State Historical Society. He is the co-editor, with Edith Robbins, of Marching with the First Nebraska: A Civil War Diary.

From a pool of barely nine thousand men of military age, Nebraska—still a territory at the time—sent more than three thousand soldiers to the Civil War. They fought and died for the Union cause, were wounded, taken prisoner, and in some cases deserted. But Nebraska’s military contribution is only one part of the more complex and interesting story that James E. Potter tells in Standing Firmly by the Flag, the first book to fully explore Nebraska’s involvement in the Civil War and the war’s involvement in Nebraska’s evolution from territory to thirty-seventh state on March 1, 1867.

This book is currently available in our bookstore located in the General Crook House Museum. Participants who have registered to take part in the program receive a 5% discount off of the retail price of the books! Get your copy today! 

Cost to participate in these discussions is $5 for members and $10 for non-members. Pre-registration is required and seating will be limited to 20 participants. To register, email or call 402-455-9990, ext. 101.